Frequently Asked Questions

Updated July 17, 2020

What is the date for the rescheduled conferences?

The co-located ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference®, ANCC National Magnet Conference® and ANA Quality and Innovation Conference will be held in Atlanta, May 1-3, 2021. Preconference events will begin April 29, 2021.

Is anything planned this fall when the conferences would have been held?

Yes! We are thrilled to present the best of what ANCC programs offer plus other highly valued content in an interactive and engaging virtual venue. The ANCC Virtual Summit™ programming is designed for all nurses from around the world in every phase of their careers – from novice to seasoned professional – and for nursing professionals who are pursuing continuing education credits, certification, and leading their organizations pursuing or maintaining organizational credentialing programs.

Registration for the ANCC Virtual Summit is now open for both individuals and groups. We would like to hear your ideas for specific topics to add to the already rich content we are planning. Please send your thoughts and ideas for all ANCC programs to:

I have registered and paid for the 2020 Pathway to Excellence Conference® (originally scheduled for May 2020). What happens to my registration fee? Can I attend in 2021?  

Your registration fee will remain unchanged and will be credited to the 2021 Pathway Conference in Atlanta. The conference is being held with the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference May 1-3, 2021. Your paid registration fee will provide entry to all three conferences at no additional cost. (Please note, preconference events and other ticketed events are priced separately.) If you registered for a Pathway preconference event, virtual options will be available with more details soon. If you are unable to attend the May 2021 conference, email to cancel your 2020 Pathway conference registration.

What should I do about housing?   

When registration opens for the 2021 conference later this year, ANCC will post a listing of Atlanta-area hotels and rates. If you have any housing questions please contact the Connections Housing team at ANCCHousing@connectionshousing.comPlease note: Connections Housing is the official housing provider for ANCC. Please do not accept hotel offers or reservations from any other source as most are scams and not legitimate.

What were the primary factors considered in postponing the conference to 2021 and creating an ANCC virtual education event this fall?  

Many factors were considered in this very complex decision and three stood out: 1) Safety and security of attendees; 2) Financial constraints facing attendees; and 3) Feasibility of live events, including alternative venues/platforms. After weighing the data, we determined – based on current information and in service to our attendees – we will hold both the ANCC virtual Summit this fall, as well as a co-located ANCC National Magnet Conference, ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference, and ANA Quality and Innovation Conference face to face in May 2021. The value of three conferences in one venue, the excitement of celebrating designated organizations, the Year of the Nurse, and the thoughtfulness of rich, CE-eligible content were also critical factors.

When will registration open for the May 2021 ANCC National Magnet Conference, Pathway to Excellence Conference, and ANA Quality and Innovation Conference?

Registration will open near the end of 2020. If you are already registered for the 2020 Pathway  Conference, please see the question about registration, above, for details.

Will health care organizations that received their designations in 2019 and 2020 be publicly recognized at the 2021 conference (i.e., walk the stage)?  

Yes! All organizations receiving Magnet® designation or redesignation (between September 2019 and February 2021) or Pathway designation or redesignation (between February 2019 and February 2021) will be publicly recognized at the in-person conference. The ANCC program teams will work with your organization if you are unable to attend.

Do you anticipate preconference events for the 2021 conference?

Yes. The events you typically enjoy (e.g., program guidance courses, seminars, review classes, program director sessions) will be scheduled as usual for 2021.

I had an abstract selected for poster (or podium) presentation at the 2020 Pathway Conference and/or the 2020 Magnet Conference. Can I present in 2021?  

Yes! You are automatically invited to present at the 2021 conference. If you cannot attend, the nurse planners for the conference will provide further instruction.

Please note the education content for this fall’s ANCC Virtual Summit has already been selected.

Can we expect the same conference agenda as in past years?  

Yes, and more! This is the first time ever three ANA/ANCC conferences will be held in ONE location. You can expect triple the excitement and fun! Your favorite events are all on tap, including the Welcome Party, general session speakers, tons of CE options, concurrent sessions, posters, networking, exhibitors and sponsors, and a chance for relaxing, celebrating, and storytelling.

What is the plan for the 2020 ANCC Pathway Award®, ANCC Magnet Prize®, Pathway Nurse of the Year™ Awards, and National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards?  

The 2020 ANCC Pathway Award and Pathway Nurse of the Year Award winners have already been selected and will be publicly presented at the May 2021 conference. Nominations are currently open for the ANCC Magnet Prize and National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards. Winners will be publicly presented at the May 2021 conference.

What happens if large gatherings are still prohibited in May 2021?  

Based on our conference customer survey data, industry experts, and the best information we have today, we are postponing the conference to May 2021 anticipating a safe, secure, and exciting in-person conference. We are continuously monitoring local, state, and national conditions. Your work and safety are paramount, and we will notify you if any changes occur that keep us from meeting this goal.